This ongoing series of works brings one particular land feature within my periphery into focus: The St. Johns River located within Tulare County in California.
The St. Johns River is a semi-natural corridor extending 30 plus miles from just below Terminus Dam at Lake Kaweah to California Highway 99. Within this corridor and along its adjacent banks are places with cultural, historical, and ecological significance as well as places reflective of current socio/economic dynamics amidst land use challenges with regard to agribusiness. Much of this work also intends to emphasize how natural land features are regulated, maintained, and mechanized for industrial use.
My approach is an explorative process starting with on-location field research of the entire riverbed and its banks paralleled by continuous gathering of diverse source material followed by the layering of this material in the studio through explorations in printmaking using traditional, photomechanical, and digital technology.
Down Riverbed, Past Wukchumni HIll, Lithograph
Suburban Riverbed, North Visala, Lithograph